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					                                        Sligo County Community Forum
                                      Community and Voluntary E-bulletin
                                                     No. 3
                                                   April 2009

1. Funding .......................................................................................................................... 2
   1.1 Sligo Peace and Reconciliation Partnership Invitation to Tender ................................ 2
   1.2     Community Support for older people scheme ...................................................... 2
   1.3     Community Food Initiatives Funding................................................................... 2
   1.4     Katharine Howard Foundation General Grant Scheme 2009 ............................... 4
   1.5     Arts and Disability Awards ................................................................................... 4
   1.6     Youth Arts development award............................................................................ 5
   1.7      St Stephen's Green Trust grants scheme 2009 ..................................................... 5
2.Training .......................................................................................................................... 6
   2.1     Community Training Sessions in Sligo (April – July 09)........................................ 6
   2.2     Communication: Interview Skills and the Information Process (May 12,
   Claremorris, Co Mayo) ..................................................................................................... 8
   2.3     Complex Social Welfare Appeals – a practical approach (June 3, Carrick on
   Shannon, Co Leitrim) ....................................................................................................... 9
   2.4     Lobby training - Community Education Network Training Links Programme ... 10
   2.5     Domestic Violence; It's everyone‟s business! Training Programme ..................... 11
   2.6 “Training People‟ Training events............................................................................. 11
   2.7     Part time degree BSc (Hons) in Community Development................................. 11
   2.8     Certificate in Community Youth Studies (Part-time) .......................................... 12
   2.9     BSc (Hons) in Community Youth Work (Part-time) ........................................... 12
3.General Information .................................................................................................... 12
   3.1     Co Sligo LEADER Partnership Business Start Up scheme................................. 12
   3.2     Sligo „Enterprise Promotion Day‟ 23rd April ....................................................... 13
   3.3     Scholars, Scribes and Poets of Gaelic Sligo, first summer conference ................. 13
   3.4     Spring Events at Ceoláras Coleman .................................................................... 14
   3.5     An Post Tour of Sligo 10th May......................................................................... 14
   3.6     Regional Conference for the community & voluntary sector: Survive and Thrive
   through troubled times ................................................................................................... 15
   3.7     Co. Sligo Leader Partnership are holding an information/opportunities Roadshow
           ........................................................................................................................... 16
   3.8     Sligo Volunteer Centre invite you to “Branching out to Volunteer, Tubbercurry
           2009” ................................................................................................................. 16
   3.9     Online Survey in relation to volunteering ........................................................... 17
   3.10 New website for unemployed people ................................................................. 17
   3.11 National Energy Assessors ................................................................................. 17
   3.12 Mayo Rape Crisis Centre Flag Days: volunteers.................................................. 18


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  3.13 Community Work in Challenging Times – Regional workshops organised by the
  Community Workers Coop ............................................................................................ 18
  3.14 Propel Programme: Enterprise Ireland .............................................................. 19

1. Funding
1.1 Sligo Peace and Reconciliation Partnership Invitation to Tender
In their role as lead partner of the Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee,
Sligo County Council wish to advise that they have issued invitations to tender for the
delivery of the Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Action Plan.

Action set to public procurement will include the following areas of interest:- Rural, Urban,
Women, Travellers, New Communities, Culture/Heritage/Arts, Sport, Inter-faith,
Political/Historical Perspectives, Youth Education, Diversity Training, Conflict Resolution
& Mediation Training and Research

For full details log on to www.e-tenders.gov.ie

For further information contact Bridie Sweeney, Peace III Development Officer on 071 91
11821
or e-mail bsweeney@sligococo.ie

1.2     Community Support for older people scheme

The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs has announced funding for a
further 40 groups, following on from the support awarded to 33 community and voluntary
organisations as announced at the beginning of the year.

The Community Support for Older People Scheme is designed to enhance safety and
provide peace of mind to vulnerable elderly residents through the provision of security
measures such as lighting, locks and alarms. „Panic button‟ alarm systems are used within the
scheme and therefore there is the capacity for direct and active involvement of voluntary
groups. These measures are maintained within local communities and are available for both
inland homes and offshore island residents.

The scheme is provided by the Voluntary and Community Services section at the
Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. Minister of State John Curran T.D.
announced the funding on 10 March 2009:

For more information on the scheme please visit The Department of Community, Rural and
Gaeltacht Affairs website (opens a new window).

1.3     Community Food Initiatives Funding

Healthy Food for All and safefood are establishing a demonstration programme on
Community Food Initiatives and are looking for funding applications from eligible groups
and organisations.



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The purpose of this funding is to establish a Demonstration Programme of Community
Food Initiatives (CFIs) on the island of Ireland. CFIs are projects that improve the
availability and accessibility of healthy food for low-income groups at a local level, using a
community development approach.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 23rd April 2009 at 5.00pm.

This funding is open to community groups or groups which have an anti-poverty focus in
their work. We would especially welcome applications from partnerships/collaborations of
different groups. As the programme has an all-island focus, a minimum of two projects will
be selected from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The programme will be targeted towards Community Food Initiatives, which include:

       Buying equipment for a kitchen, e.g. pots and pans, or a garden, e.g. gardening
        tools/seeds
       Renting space to carry out training and education initiatives
       Establishing and supporting food access initiatives such as community cafés and
        local food co-ops
       Education and/or training in skills development programmes e.g. cooking, shopping,
        parenting and budgeting
       Seed funding to establish a food market with support from local authority and other
        partners
       Buying the time of a professional on a part-time basis, e.g. part-time nutrition expert
        to work with groups and give classes advising on food purchasing, preparation and
        safe cooking practices and/or horticulturist to work with groups on community
        garden projects
       Supporting groups to develop food related micro businesses e.g. fruit tuck shops in
        school/food co-ops
       Community Supported Agriculture projects which help develop sustainable local
        food economies through supporting local networks.

What funding is available?

Between five and seven CFIs will be funded over a three year period. Each CFI will receive
annual funding over a period of three years to set up, manage and sustain a project. Funding
will be up to a maximum of €75,000/£70,000, which will be provided on an incremental
basis over the three year period.

Application forms and supporting information can be downloaded from
www.healthyfoodforall.com.

For further information or advice on applications contact:
Dr Joanna Wydenbach, Healthy Food for All
Tel. +353 (0)86 770 8541/+353 (0)1 836 0011
Email: cfi@healthyfoodforall.com
(source: activelink.ie)




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1.4    Katharine Howard Foundation General Grant Scheme 2009

The Katherine Howard Foundation (KHF) is an independent grant-making foundation
whose particular emphasis is on the support of community projects and initiatives.

The focus of the General Grants in 2009 will be on work that aims to improve the
educational and developmental outcomes for children deemed to be living in disadvantaged
circumstances. This work can involve early childhood care and education, out-of-school
services and / or family support services.

KHF is particularly open to funding community-based services for children and families that
encourage greater co-operation between service providers and a more integrated approach to
this work.

Applications will be accepted from groups individually and collaboratively (where a number
of groups join together to receive a larger grant).

Grants normally range between euro 500 - 1,500. However grant amounts may be flexible
and tailored to suit the application whereby applicants apply for collaborative ventures.
Normally grants are once off. However the Trustees are willing to consider an annual grant
over two or three years where it is seen to be a more effective use of funding.
Further information and application forms may be obtained from the KHF website or by
contacting the office.

Katharine Howard Foundation
ISFC, 10 Grattan Crescent, Inchicore, Dublin 8.
Telephone: +353 (1) 400 2107
FAX: +353 (1) 453 1862, Email: info@khf.ie, Website: www.khf.ie

1.5    Arts and Disability Awards
The Arts and Disability Awards provide financial support for individual disabled artists
living in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, working across all artforms.

The scheme aims to challenge and inspire creativity, experimentation and artistic
excellence. Each applicant can apply for a maximum of £5,000 or the euro equivalent.

This Arts and Disability Awards Ireland Scheme is co-funded by the Arts Council and the
Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It is administered by the Arts and Disability Forum
(ADF).

Deadlines
May and November each year (contact ADF for further details).

Contact The Arts and Disability Forum
Ground Floor109/113 Royal Avenue
Belfast BT1 1FF
Northern Ireland




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Tel: +44 28 9023 9450 (048 9023 9450 from Republic of Ireland)
Fax: +44 28 9024 7770 (048 9024 7770 from Republic of Ireland)
Textphone: +44 28 9032 5744 (048 9032 5744 from Republic of Ireland)

Email: gillian@adf.ie

Web: www.adf.ie



1.6     Youth Arts development award

This scheme is co-funded by the Arts Council but administered by the National Youth
Council of Ireland.

The Youth Arts Development Award is offered as an extension of the Artist in Youth Work
Residency Scheme, to maximise sustainable development of youth arts practice at a local
level. The aim of the Youth Arts Development Award is to encourage the formation of
partnerships between relevant agencies and organisations at a local level, to work towards
integrated development of long-term youth arts programmes in a specific geographical area.

The award is open to local youth arts organisations or a consortium involving one or more
of the following: community development organisation, local authority, arts
organisation/venue, educational institution (second or third level), business corporation.

Deadline: Usually end of September but please check with National Youth Arts Programme
or refer to www.youtharts.ie to confirm date.

Maximum awarded: euro 20000

Contact
National Youth Arts Programme
National Youth Council of Ireland
3 Montague Street, Dublin 2

Tel: +353 1 478 4122
Fax: +353 1 478 3974
Email: arts@nyci.ie


1.7     St Stephen's Green Trust grants scheme 2009

General Grants Scheme
Guidelines for Applicants 2009

The Trust was set up in Ireland in 1992 by a Dutch philanthropic family, which operates
worldwide. Since 2003, it has had 3 further sources of funding, all Irish religious orders,
which sold property, some of the proceeds being gifted to the Trust to assist it in its mission.


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They are the Daughters of the Cross of Liege, the Discalced Carmelites and the Oblate
Fathers.

The Trust operates on a 32-county basis and the general grant scheme is outlined below. A
separate scheme operates for organisations working in Darndale Belcamp, D17.

What type of funding do we offer?

         The Trust will consider project or core costs. If core costs are being requested, the
          applicant will need to make a case for sustaining these costs in future years. The
          Trust generally makes one-off annual grants, although 2 year applications may be
          successful in particular circumstances.
         Grants levels are generally from €1,000 to €12,000. In 2008 the average grant was
          €5,200.
         The Trust accepts applications from voluntary or community organisations, with a
          CHY or XR (NI) number. If the number is pending or if there is no charitable status,
          the Trust will require information on the legal status of the organisation. If your
          group does not have any legal status, a strong case will need to be made for funding
          the organisation.
         In 2009, the Trust is only inviting applications from organisations with annual
          income below €500,000.

What we don‟t fund: The Trust cannot consider applications for building costs; general
appeals; retrospective funding and individuals.
There is one grants meeting in 2009. Deadline for receipt of applications:
Friday, 11th September, 2009. Successful grantees will receive their grants in October.
Please note the Trust office will be closed from mid June to mid August 2009.
Programme Areas 2009: Grants will be made to organisations working in 3 specific areas.
They are homelessness, prisoners / ex-prisoners and Travellers.
How to Apply
Application forms are not freely available. This is to ensure organisations meet the criteria
before writing the application. If you feel your organisation is eligible, please contact the
Trust giving brief details of the project and an application form will be sent to you: -
St. Stephen's Green Trust,
PO Box 950, Naas, Co Kildare
Tel/Fax: 045 480666
Email: info@ssgt.ie
Website: www.ssgt.ie

2.        Training
2.1       Community Training Sessions in Sligo (April – July 09)

The Sligo County Community Forum is pleased to announce its Spring season of training
events for communities in the county.

It is intended that the training will respond to the needs of unemployed people and
community organisers in the county. It will be a chance to meet with other people in your



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local area, network, raise your confidence and learn some new skills. In all of the training
sessions a „facilitative approach‟ to learning will be used. All of the training is being
delivered by Claire Galligan, who has over ten years experience as a trainer in community
and group work.




Name of training event                Date            Time             Venue
Developing Presentation Skills        5th May         10-1pm           St Anne‟s
                                      12th May                         Community Centre,
                                                                       Sligo
Developing Leadership Skills          9th June        10-3pm           Teach Laighne
                                                                       Tubbercurry
Carrying out a community needs        25th June       10-3pm           Northside Centre,
analysis                                                               Sligo
Filling out funding applications      9th July        6-9pm            Easkey Community
                                                                       Centre

Training Session One: Developing Presentation Skills

This training session will be held over two morning sessions. The aim of the training will be
…
             To raise confidence to speak in front of others
             How to use visual aids
             How to present material effectively
             How to prepare

The session is aimed at people who have limited experience of speaking in front of groups.
It may be of interest to those who are members of groups and would like to have more
confidence to speak out, or those who are applying for jobs at the moment and would like to
practice their presentation skills.


Training Session Two: Developing leadership skills

This training session will be held over one day, 10-4pm. The session is aimed at those who
are leading groups at the moment or those who would like to lead groups in the future. The
course will look at how groups work and how group members participate. The course will
also allow participants to identify their own leadership skills.

Training Session Three: Carrying out a community needs analysis

This training will be held over one day. This session is aimed at those working in a voluntary
and paid capacity in the community. This course will be of interest to those who would like
to know how to go about researching and collecting information on their own community,
and how to involve the local community in this process. It may be of use to groups who
would like to build a profile of their local community or make funding applications.


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Training Session Four: Filling out funding applications

This session will be held on one evening. It will be of interest to community groups who are
having difficulty in filling out funding applications and want to gain more information in this
regard. At the session, guidelines for filling out funding applications will be presented and
sample funding applications will be used to help give greater direction to groups.

How to apply

Each of the training sessions places will be limited to 20 participants. If you would like to
take part in any of the training sessions, you will need to contact to Catherine Brennan at the
Sligo County Community Forum, email cbrennan@sligococo.ie, 071-9111814, or apply in
writing to Catherine Brennan, Sligo County Community Forum, Sligo Development Centre,
Cleveragh Road, Sligo.

Applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis, however members of the
Sligo County Community Forum will get priority. The training is free.


2.2   Communication: Interview Skills and the Information Process (May 12,
Claremorris, Co Mayo)

Citizens Information Board training course.

DATE: Tuesday 12th May 2009 (10.00 – 4:30 pm)
VENUE: McWilliam Hotel, Claremorris, Co Mayo

PRESENTERS: Jim Gogarty, Training Consultant
LIMITED TO 20 participants

AIM: To enable participants to enhance their interview skills in the assessment process using
a case-study approach. Emphasis will be placed on dealing with clients who present in a
distressed state.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this course participants should be able to:

      demonstrate knowledge and awareness of issues related to Customer Care
      use enhanced interaction, communication and facilitation skills
      use enhanced verbal and non-verbal communication skills
      use increased knowledge and skills in the area of active and passive listening,
       paraphrasing and summarising
      use enhanced interviewing and assessment skills – including telephone enquiries
      use enhanced skills in responding appropriately to clients who present with distress
      display an awareness of the extent of the role using appropriate boundaries
      organise experiential learning processes including case scenarios based on current
       work practices/demands
      use empathy with people‟s relevant experiences.


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CLOSING DATE: Tuesday 28th April 2008

Download application form (doc file)
www.activelink.ie/2009/training_application_form_courses_2009.doc

For enquiries regarding training services and bookings please contact:
Claire Ruddy,
Citizens Information Board,
Mill Lane, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Tel: 094 902 2169
E: claire.ruddy@ciboard.ie



2.3   Complex Social Welfare Appeals – a practical approach (June 3, Carrick on
Shannon, Co Leitrim)

Citizens Information Board training course.

DATE: Wednesday 3rd June 2009
VENUE: The Education Centre, Carrick on Shannon, Co Leitrim.

PRESENTERS: Sheila Hayes, Training Officer, Malahide CIC.
LIMITED TO 25 participants

AIM: To develop an understanding and knowledge of the complexities of the Social Welfare
system through case studies and discussion.

LEARNING OUTCOMES
On completion of this course participants should be able to:

      calculate Jobseeker‟s Benefit for those who have been made redundant, put on
       systematic short-time working or offered casual work
      explain to the client the means test that applies to Jobseekers Allowance in relation
       to any income they themselves or their spouse/partner may have
      describe how income from therapeutic work is mean tested for Disability Allowance
       and how income of the spouse or partner is assessed
      list information on payments for carers and the extra benefits that can be claimed
      outline how the Department of Social and Family Affairs (DSFA) calculate the rate
       of state pension (contributory) and how savings and assets are means-tested for
       persons applying for the State Pension (Non-Contributory)
      explain to lone parents how the DSFA assess income and maintenance in the means
       test that is applied to their payment
      explain who is eligible to apply for extra benefits like Household Benefits, Fuel
       Allowance and Rent Supplement.

CLOSING DATE: Wednesday 20th May 2008.

Download application form (doc file)


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www.activelink.ie/2009/training_application_form_courses_2009.doc

For enquiries regarding training services and bookings please contact:
Claire Ruddy,
Citizens Information Board,
Mill Lane, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Tel: 094 902 2169
E: claire.ruddy@ciboard.ie

- page published 19 February 2009


2.4     Lobby training - Community Education Network Training Links Programme
Second Chance Education Project for Women is delivering this training. The training will
add long-term value to the organisation. It will provide methods for the identification of
priorities, areas of influence, timings, and how to identify allies and build alliances before and
after the European and Local Elections. An intensive lobbying skills element will allow
participants to design and engage in strategic, targeted lobbying that will be effective.

The main objectives of the training programme are:

1.    To facilitate the development of skills for lobbying prior to, and after, the Local and
      European Elections and for the long-term benefit of the group
2.    To build on the previous learning from the training links programme of 2006 (basic
      lobbying and media training)
3.    To meet the learning gaps from the time-lapse since the previous training
4.    To create an upskilled network that shares its learning to the larger Community
      Education Network

Dates for training
Training                                                Donegal
                                                        Mill Park
                                                         Hotel
Day 1 - 9.30am - 4.30pm                                23/03/2009
Day 2 -9.30am - 4.30pm                                 20/04/2009
Day 3 (all groups with the rest of the community                         13/05/2009
education network )                                                       DUBLIN

Places are limited. To book your place contact Second Chance Education Project for
Women contact 074 9128980 (leave a message), 087 7763401 email-
secondchance@eircom.net

For enquiries regarding training services and bookings please contact:
Claire Ruddy,
Citizens Information Board,
Mill Lane, Castlebar, Co. Mayo



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Tel: 094 902 2169
E: claire.ruddy@ciboard.ie

2.5       Domestic Violence; It's everyone‟s business! Training Programme

A two day training programme provided by DVAS, for service providers in statutory and
community organisations on identifying and responding to domestic violence

Three programmes are being offered in 2009

         Carrick on Shannon, Bush Hotel on 13th & 14th May (Time: 9.30 - 4.30)
         Sligo, Glass House Hotel on 23rd &24th September (Time: 9.30 - 4.30)

For information call Domestic Violence Advocacy Service [DVAS] at 071- 9141515.
Tel 071-9141515 or by email at infodvas@eircom.net


2.6 “Training People‟ Training events

The training agency 'Training People' have announced a number of Belfast and Dublin based
fundraising and personal development courses for not for profit organisations, charities and
small to medium sized enterprises. These will take place during April/May 2009. All of the
courses are of one day's duration. They are:

Researching and Securing Grant Aid: Belfast Mon 20th April /Dublin Wed 13th May
- Developing a Fundraising Strategy: Belfast Fri 24th April/Dublin Thurs 14th May
- How to be a Confident Presenter: Belfast Mon 27th April/Dublin Fri 15th May
- Time Management for Busy People: Belfast Fri 1st May/Dublin Thurs 21st May
- Organising Successful Meetings: Belfast Wed 6th May/Dublin Fri 22nd May

Courses cost £130.00 / €140.00 including VAT.
Belfast venue: Boardroom, Council for the Homeless, Great Victoria Street.
Dublin venue: All Hallows College, Drumcondra.

For more info see www.trainingpeopleni.com/forthcoming.php. To book a place on a course or for more
details phone 028 9267 4737 (NI) / 048 9267 4737 (ROI) or reply to this e mail with your details or
write to the address below. Courses can be booked in advance and we will invoice you - however, places
cannot be fully confirmed until payment is received.


2.7       Part time degree BSc (Hons) in Community Development
 If you have substantial experience in the community & voluntary sector, you could gain
direct entry to the 2nd year of the part-time degree BSc (Hons) Community Development.
As a first step, the University is offering experienced community sector practitioners and
activists the opportunity to enrol on a short course

Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) at Magee and Jordanstown Campuses
Friday 20 March - 5 June 2009 : Cost £450.00 (Bursaries may be available)



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The course provides you with:
1. The opportunity to convert community experience into University credits
2. Guidance on building a portfolio of experience-based learning
3. The prospect of direct entry into the second year of the degree programme in
September 2009 through successful completion of the course and submission of a portfolio.
For an application form and further details contact:
Sharon Adams: 028 9036 6680, email: sb.adams@ulster.ac.uk (Administrator) or,
Rosemary Moreland: 028 9036 8333, email: rj.moreland@ulster.ac.uk


2.8    Certificate in Community Youth Studies (Part-time)

This part-time one-year programme provides training at „pre-vocational‟ level and is offered
at the Jordanstown and Magee campus. Attendance is one day each week.

Applicants should:
    Be over 20 years of age.
    Be working (paid/unpaid) in a community youth work setting.
    Have completed a relevant vocational or academic youth work course.

Further advice can be obtained from:
Breda Friel Tel: 028 71375765 or Email: bn.friel@ulster.ac.uk (for Magee)
Pat Henry Tel: 028 90368430 or Email: pj.henry@ulster.ac.uk (for Jordanstown)



2.9    BSc (Hons) in Community Youth Work (Part-time)

This part-time four year degree programme (which has replaced the Dip HE in Community
Youth Work) commences in September 2009 on the Magee campus. Attendance is one day
each week.

Applicants should:
    Be able to demonstrate relevant and sufficient experience working in a community
      youth work setting.
    Be employed for at least 16 hours a week within a community youth work setting.
    Provide evidence of academic ability to undertake the course.

Further advice can be obtained from:
Breda Friel Tel: 028 71375765 or Email: bn.friel@ulster.ac.uk
Pat Henry Tel: 028 90368430 or Email: pj.henry@ulster.ac.uk


3.     General Information
3.1    Co Sligo LEADER Partnership Business Start Up scheme




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Co. Sligo LEADER Partnership is now recruiting for a FÁS Community Employment
scheme - Business Start Up, to commence in July 2009.

This scheme will run for six months and is specially designed for those who are long term
un-employed, have a Self-Employment Business Idea, and are eligible for a FÁS Community
Employment Scheme?

On completion of this scheme you may be eligible to progress onto the „Back to Work
Enterprise Allowance‟, which offers a further 4 years financial support.

Application Form available from: 071 91 20636 or can be down loaded from our web site:
www.nextmove.ie


3.2       Sligo „Enterprise Promotion Day‟ 23rd April

 In an effort to attract new enterprise to Sligo and to offer supports to existing businesses,
Sligo‟s County Development Board is hosting an „Enterprise Promotion Day‟. It will be
held in the Glasshouse Hotel on Thursday, April 23 from 4pm to 8pm. Among the
agencies taking part are Enterprise Ireland, Sligo County Enterprise Board, Sligo LEADER
Partnership, FAS, Teagasc, Failte Ireland and Sligo County Council.

Sligo County Council‟s Director of Services for Community, Enterprise, Arts and the
Environment, Rita McNulty, anticipates a high level of interest in the event.
“At a time when local enterprises are facing unprecedented challenges I believe people will benefit from the
opportunity to engage with the agencies and to obtain advice and information. Sligo is acknowledged as the
key centre of economic growth in the Northwest and it is important that we provide the necessary supports to
facilitate new and potential enterprise”.
For further information on the Enterprise Promotion Day, contact Sligo County Development Board at
07191 11800


3.3       Scholars, Scribes and Poets of Gaelic Sligo, first summer conference

Scríobh, Scoil agus Léann is a conference to celebrate the Bardic tradition and the Gaelic
scholarly families of Sligo, including the life, times and works of Muireadhach Albanach Ó
Dálaigh, Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginn and Dubhaltach MacFhirbhisigh. Contributions will include:

         The Northwest Passage: Sligo and the connection with Gaelic Scotland       Dr.
          Micheál Ó Mainnín
         Clann Fhirbhisigh: the Premier Scholarly Family of Gaelic Sligo: Dr. Nollaig Ó
          Muraíle, Dept. of Irish, NUI Galway
         The Ó hUiginn poets and their patrons: Dr. Katharine Simms, School of History,
          TCD
         The extraordinary life, works & career of the other poet of Lissadell:
          Muireadhach Albanach Ó Dálaigh: Prof. Alan Titley, Dept. of Modern Irish,
          UCC



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         In search of Tadhg Dall Ó hUiginnProf. Pádraig Ó Macháin, School of Celtic
          Studies, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
         Dubhaltach Mac Fhirbhisigh – The Greatest Sligo Scholar of all: Dr. Nollaig Ó
          Muraíle

The conference will take place from the 8th – 10th May, 2009 at The Clarion Hotel, Sligo

Conference Fee:         Corporate: €75         Ordinary: €50

For further details:   Sligo Field Club, c/o Pat O‟Brien, Ballygawley, Co. Sligo, 087
1304843 or peobrien@gmail.com
for updates:           www.sligofieldclub.ie
Scholars, Scribes and Poets of Gaelic Sligo
Friday, 8th May

3.4       Spring Events at Ceoláras Coleman
Fr. James McDonagh & Friends return to Ceoláras Coleman, Gurteen, on Sunday night,
April 19th at 8.30 p.m. At their last concert, this popular group of musicians and singers
played to a packed house so early booking is advisable.

The spring festival - Ceiliúradh an Earraigh takes place the first weekend in May. It
features two concerts, a fiddle workshop and a traditional night. The first concert on Fri.
May 1st at 9pm features a unique duet, Tommy Peoples on fiddle and Dermot Byrne on
accordion. On Sat. May 2nd. Tony deMarco from the U.S.A. plays in concert and will launch
his new CD. A fiddle player who learned from the Sligo masters in America, he gives an
excellent and faithful rendition of the style. Tony will also give a fiddle workshop on
Saturday at 2p.m. On Sunday, May 3rd there will be a Boxty Night – traditional music session
with home baking.

The long awaited exhibition area on the history of traditional music and featuring music
from the five counties, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim & Fermanagh opens in May. This
area contains a 15 minute audio-visual presentation, interactive kiosks, snippets from the
archives, a collection of photographs, and lots more…

Booking & Enquiries – 071 9182599 www.colemanirishmusic.com

3.5       An Post Tour of Sligo 10th May

An Post and Sligo Sports Partnership are organising three cycling events in the County on
the 10th of May. As this is the day set aside by the GAA so that Clubs can celebrate the
organisation's 125th anniversary, Sligo County Board has decided to assist in the organisation
of the event. Club members will participate in the tour wearing their Club Jerseys while
members will also provide Marshalls and other help at food and water stops.

The event will involve three different routes to accommodate a wide range of cycling
interests.

                        HAZLEWOOD FAMILY SPIN                    10km.



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                      LOUGH GILL CIRCUIT                        60km.
                     OX MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE                       160km.

For more information see www.sligosportandrecreation.ie or tel 071-9161511, email
info@sligosportandrecreation.ie


3.6    Regional Conference for the community & voluntary sector: Survive and
Thrive through troubled times


Date:          28th April 2009; Venue:       Sligo City Hotel
Time:          9.30am – 4.15pm (registration from 9am)

The conference is open to anyone volunteering, working or associated with the community,
voluntary and charity sector.
Conference Programme: A panel of leading experts will explore a range of pertinent
topics, including:
The New Regulatory Framework: Ivan Cooper, The Wheel‟s Director of Advocacy will
brief you on the enactment of the Charities Bill.

Governance: Sheila Cahill, a specialist consultant will discuss why good governance will be
the key to the success and sustainability of community and voluntary organisations and
reflect on the development and improvement of good governance practice.

Surviving the Recession: Deirdre Garvey, CEO of The Wheel, will discuss strategies that
can be employed by your organisation to protect services, cut costs and maintain good
channels of communication with all your stake-holders.

Fundraising: Joe McKenna, Founder of Venture Advancement will look at innovative new
ways of maximising your fundraising income.

Online Social Media: Online social media is revolutionising the way charities communicate
with their target audiences. Nathalie McDermot, Director of On Road Media, a London-
based social enterprise that trains marginalised groups and organisations in podcasting, video
blogging & social networks, will show how your organisation can use these powerful new
mediums to communicate your message.

The Wheel websites: The Wheel‟s Information Systems Officer, Anthony Lindsay, will be
on hand to discuss the following online information and support services:
•fundingpoint.ie
•learningpoint.ie
•ictpoint.ie –
• cvcover.ie

Registration fee: Members of The Wheel: Free; Non-Members: €30 (refundable upon
joining The Wheel). Go to www.wheel.ie to book online




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3.7   Co. Sligo Leader Partnership are holding an information/opportunities
Roadshow

Co Sligo Leader Partnership are holding an information/opportunities roadshow in St
Bridgid‟s Hall, Tubbercurry on Thursday 16th April 2009. The event takes place from 11am
–1pm and is open to all members of the public. The staff of various agencies and
organisations will be setting up stands providing information on various topics including:

•      State benefits and entitlements
•      Adult education and training opportunities
•      Support for setting up a small business
•      CV preparation and interview techniques
•      Citizen‟s Advice
•      Supports and services in the locality
•      Funding opportunities
•      And more

If anyone requires further information about the event please contact Martina on 071 91
20636.


3.8    Sligo Volunteer Centre invite you to “Branching out to Volunteer,
       Tubbercurry 2009”
Sligo Volunteer Centre is organizing a series of events in Tubbercurry later in April, to
provide an opportunity for people to discover volunteer opportunities in the Tubbercurry
area. There will also be a series of free workshops which are open to all. The details of all
events are below.
Details:
Tuesday 21st April: Branching Out to Volunteer Fair. Tubbercurry Library. All Day-open to
the public to browse stands from Community Groups in the area.
Tuesday 21st April: 2pm: Official Opening & unveiling of Branching Out to Volunteer Tree
with guest speaker Tommy Fleming. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday 22nd April: “Getting to the Roots of Volunteering” a 45 minute workshop for
the general public by Sligo Volunteer Centre. Starts at 10am, 11.15am & 12.15am in Teach
Laighne. All welcome. There is an opportunity all day to speak with Sligo Volunteer Centre
staff.
Thursday 23rd April: “Harvesting your Life experience” a 45 minute workshop by Carmel
Sheridan of Age Action on promoting the wealth of experience Over 55‟s have to offer to
the community. Starts at 11.15am & 12.15am in Teach Laighne. Open to all and especially
those over 55.
Thursday 23rd April: “Getting to the Roots of Volunteering” workshop for all Teach
Laighne Staff. Time 2pm. All staff welcome to meet with Sligo Volunteer Centre staff.

We invite you to join us for some of the events. Please do contact us for further information
or to register in workshops. You can contact us on 071-911 1042 or by emailing
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3.9       Online Survey in relation to volunteering

Volunteer Centres Ireland, in association with Business in the Community Ireland, are
looking to match the needs of the Community and Voluntary sector with the skills and
talents on offer and request your help in making it happen.
By filling out our online survey Making Skills Count Survey (VCI) we will be able to build up
a picture of needs borne directly as a result of the current economic situation and use our
contacts to source 'solutions' to them. When we say solutions, we mean people. So get
thinking and send us a list of the types of skills and talents you need to weather the storm!
Survey link:
www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=7bmmXLuhTa4cOMBBLr4wyw_3d_3d
Our survey will be open for the month of March. If you have any problems logging on to
the survey or for further information, please contact:
Eva Early
Information and Communications Officer
Volunteer Centres Ireland
9/13 Blackhall Place, Dublin 7
Phone: 01 7994519
email: eva@volunteer.ie; www.volunteer.ie

3.10      New website for unemployed people
New website www.losingyourjob.ie provides information for people who are unemployed or
working reduced hours

Losingyourjob.ie is a new website from the Citizens Information Board which provides
information for people who are currently unemployed or working reduced hours.

Losingyourjob.ie is based on content from citizensinformation.ie. It includes information on:

         Working reduced hours or receiving reduced pay
         Redundancy and leaving work
         Getting a social welfare payment
         Money and tax issues, including debt issues
         Supports available for rent or mortgage payments
         Options for education and training
         What you need to know when going back to work

Leaving Ireland to move to countries inside or outside the EU Visit the losingyourjob.ie
website.

If you have a question that has not been answered by the content on this site, you can
contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on lo-call 1890 777 121 (Monday to Friday,
9am to 9pm) or visit your local Citizens Information Service

3.11      National Energy Assessors
Louise McDonnell (096 – 79477 email louise.mcdonnell@nea.ie ) from National Energy
Assessors represents a company who assess homes and offer advice on energy efficiency etc.




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They were approached by a resident‟s association in Ballina and were able to assess 10
homes together rather than individual homes (which resulted in a cheaper price) and were
thinking they could offer the same service to groups in Sligo.

They will be having a free information day in the next 3-4 weeks in Sligo and this may be
something that may interest groups in Sligo ~ insulation grants have just been announced by
the Government.

If you are interested in this information can you please contact Louise.

Website: www.nea.ie .


3.12      Mayo Rape Crisis Centre Flag Days: volunteers
The Mayo Rape Crisis Centre fundraising committee has secured a permit for some Flag
Days. We are looking for volunteers for the following dates and locations:
1) Friday the 3rd of April in Castlebar and Ballina
2) Saturday the 11th of April in Claremorris, Swinford, Westport and Ballinrobe. If you can
help out on either of these dates please ring Nicci on 094 9025657 or email on
mayorcc@eircom.net


3.13 Community Work in Challenging Times – Regional workshops organised by
the Community Workers Coop

Regional Workshops & National Seminar
The CWC is holding a series of regional workshops that will focus on maintaining quality
community work in the face of recent and evolving developments in the community sector.
Using Towards Standards for Quality Community Work: An All Ireland Statement of Values, Principles
and Work Standards as a framework, the workshops will explore how community workers and
those using community work as an approach in their work can maintain the principles and
standards of quality community work.

The regional workshops will conclude with a national seminar on June 10 in Dublin (venue
to be confirmed) that will seek to frame local experience in an analysis of the intersection of
democracy, governance and social exclusion, and to translate these experiences and concerns
into a CWC position for action.
Schedule of Workshops - All workshops will be held from 11am to 2.30pm & lunch
will be provided.

Date         Location Venue
May 5th      Galway      Community Workers‟ Co-op Offices, Tuam Road Centre, Tuam
                         Road, Galway
May 6th      Dublin City TBC
May 12th     Limerick    Community Library, Watch House Cross, Moyross, Limerick
May 13th     Cork        Traveller Visibility Group, 25 Lower John Street, Cork City
May 26th     Donegal     Manorcunningham Community Resource Centre,
                         Manorcunningham



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May 27th      Longford     EDI Centre for Unemployed People, 11a 2 Master Tech Business
                           Park, Athlone Road
June 3rd      South County Dublin     TBC

This is a free event, but numbers are strictly limited so prior booking is essential. For a
booking form and further info please contact info@cwc.ie or Community Workers‟ Co-
operative, Unit 4, Tuam Road Centre, Tuam Road, Galway, Phone 091 779030.

This project is funded by the Combat Poverty Agency


3.14       Propel Programme: Enterprise Ireland

The Propel Programme is run by Enterprise Ireland and is designed to provide ambitious
entrepreneurs with the necessary business skills to establish a successful global
business.
Propel will run for one year and is open to entrepreneurs currently located, or planning
to locate, in one of the six border counties of the Republic of Ireland - Cavan, Donegal,
Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan or Sligo.

If you think you have the idea for an export focused business, then talk to us today.
Places on this programme are limited, so enquire without delay.

Email startup@propelprogramme.ie
Full details can be found at
www.propelprogramme.ie

Final date for receipt of applications is 24 April 2009.




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